It was a single gunshot that drew scores of officers and investigators to Moanalualani Place shortly after 11 a.m.
A police sergeant with 23 years on the force fired his gun at a suspect who tried to make a getaway nearly running the officer down in the process.
"The officer, because of the proximity of the parked car and his own car, as the vehicle came toward him he responded with a gunshot, one shot toward the vehicle. We are unsure if the vehicle was struck," said Honolulu Police Capt. Richard Schaab.
Area hospitals were alerted in case anyone suffering from a gunshot wound was brought in for treatment.
"Right now we are looking at a male who is bald, and was wearing sunglasses and a orange long sleeve shirt," said Schaab.
Police say the suspect was last seen driving a 1990 gold- colored Toyota sedan that was reported stolen from Pearl City yesterday.
"This is the same vehicle, possibly the same vehicle involved in a break-in in the Kalihi Valley area about an hour prior and the officer was on patrol and he did know about the previous theft," Schaab said.
Police believe the suspect may have broken into at least three cars parked along Moanalualani Place.
They were checking with the registered owners just to make sure.
Brittnny Pulido, who works at The Plaza, an assisted living center
across the street, was surprised to get a call from police that her car had been broken into.
"I didn't hear anything, no gunshots or anything, and when the officer called me that's when I found out," said Pulido.
Pulido says today's incident is making her think twice about parking her Honda Accord on street again.
"It was definitely broken into because I can't even turn my key,” said Pulido as she tried to go home after getting off work.
The shooting took place directly across form a summer fun program at the Assembly of God church where one girl told KITV she head the single gunshot.
The principal said police notified them of the incident but said there was no need to put the school in lockdown.
Police said they did not believe the students were
in danger when the officer fired his weapon.
"He was basically pinned between the parked cars on one side which is one lane, and his own vehicle when he got out to approach the suspect, he was kind of in a tight situation when the vehicle turned towards him he was obviously in fear for his life," said Schaab.